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  1. A beginner's guide...excuse any typos. A South African's Guide to Express Entry_ MB.pdf
  2. If I play with a CRS calculator one more time I’ll officially lose the plot. After much deliberation I’ve realized that in order to increase our CRS score to over 400 I need to sign up for additional study courses. The Boss (Hubby) is costing us on points because of his age irrespective of qualification and work experience. Where changing things and having me as the the principal applicant on EE profile is better. Do you think it wise to create one profile for him in the meantime even with the low score and as I manage to complete studies then create my profile? Can any of you think of other ways to increase the CRS score other than additional study and re-write of IELTS if the score isn’t adequate. Would you sign up to learn French? Would you try study two different qualifications at the same time? Would you try stalk people in Manitoba to make friends for EOI? 😂 Even with additional study it looks as if our score will be in the early 400’s In terms of EOI for PNP’s finding that all illusive job to increase the score is a long shot so I’m trying to find ways to increase it as much as possible and doing all the networking etc in the background. I read somewhere yesterday of someone who had a CRS score of 350 and received a PNP from Nova Scotia 🌈 All I know is that succeeding at this point is all I need to stay focused on, whatever it takes.
  3. This just in.... http://www.canadavisa.com/news/entry/ontario-announces-details-of-human-capital-priorities-stream-aligned-with-express-entry-04-06-15.html And here - http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp/OI_PNP_EE_CAPITAL.html
  4. Liz88

    The PNP Adventure

    Sooooo, Manitoba PNP... Is it possible to create an EOI without having the “connection” ⬅️ Aka Human Lifeline Friend if your NOC is on their skills shortage list? Also, Everyone says you must have over 400 CRS points to even consider being eligible for OINP - at this point we are dancing on the 401 line... slim pickings - I mean unless our NOC is in demand and someone notices it’s like entering a haystack of 1000’s of needles and hoping you’re shiny enough. Any and All advice from you happy people is always welcome
  5. http://www.canadavisa.com/news/entry/quebec-makes-important-updates-to-selection-process-for-skilled-worker-immigration-05-01-16.html Some important updates on the QSW program. The intake period will take place on January 18, 2016 to March 31, 2016. There are 2800 spots and applications are made online (http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/informations/mon-projet-quebec/index.html) FAQs with regards online applications - http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/informations/mon-projet-quebec/faq.html Fees at the time of posting: Application fee for a CSQ (Quebec Selection Certificate) - C$773 for main applicant, C$166 for each accompanying family member
  6. Dragyn

    PEI PNP

    It seems PEI now has an on-line Expression of Interest application (as opposed to the long letter based edition of previous) https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/office-immigration/prince-edward-island-expression-interest-system Let's hope this yields better results than some random individual reading your 3 page letter and deciding if they like you or not @Nelline, you can thank Jakes for me. I found this after following the post he made on FB.
  7. Shall we start 2017 off even though most are still waiting for their 2017 allocations? Alberta - AINP streams seem to require job offers for applications - applications are mailed. British Columbia - Skills Immigration and EE BC streams - have own provincial ITA draw system - need registration to be invited to apply - currently mostly accepting applicants who are in the health care industry. Manitoba - have own provincial EOI and ITA draw system - need to register EOI to be invited to apply - no need for a job offer but require applicant to have strong ties in Manitoba. New Brunswick - Express Entry New Brunswick Labour Market Stream (EE NBLMS) - have own provincial ITA draw system - need to submit EOI to be invited to apply - no job offer required but applicants require to either have connection in NB or attended an NBPNP info session. Newfoundland and Labrador - applicants need job offers or be a Canadian graduate. Northwest Territories - applicants require job offers from prospective employer. Nova Scotia - NS Demand Express Entry stream - paper application - does not require job offer to apply but need to be in one of NS target occupations. Ontario - Human Capital Category - need to be invited to be able to submit an application - possible online system in future - does not require a job offer but applicants do need to have CRS score of 400 and above at all times during the application process. PEI - need to submit EOI - application forms must be emailed - no job offer required. Saskatchewan - SINP InDemand and SINP EE streams - online applications - no job offer required but there is a list of eligible professions. Tendency to open and close with availability during the year, you have to be on top of your game if you are considering SINP because you have to be able to apply in a moment's notice. Yukon - job offer required for application. Quebec - Regular Skilled Workers Program - may only apply on specified dates - online application - no job offer required. Just a note that this thread does not cover ALL but rather some of the PNP programs. This is just a summarized version. We normally discuss the ones where you can still get nomination even without a job offer or being physically here in Canada (because those seem to be the popular ones). The province with the blue highlights have programs that do not require job offers and/or LMIA. If you are interested in any particular PNP stream, do make sure to triple check the requirements to see if you meet them all. Please add to this if there are misleading information. Contact the provinces - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/provincial/apply-who.asp Quebec - http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/
  8. Melanie Ferreira (Dezines)

    Application in BC, lower points and general advice

    Hi all, need some advice/opinions please. We met with an immigration agent on Friday to look at our qual and points etc. Hubby did his IELTS on Friday and sent in his degree into WES, so waiting on that. I will be doing my IELTS end Oct. According to the agent, we qualify with 73 points to go into the EE pool but from there we only have 385 points which limits us quite a bit. My husband's NOC code is 0213 (IT Management). If we try and improve our points, it will only go up with 20 and then down with 10 as he gets one year older next year (he is 40 currently) The recommendation was to look at BC, as they have a shortage with their fairly new BC Tech Pilot program. Is there anyone on this forum that has gone through this program and can give any input or thoughts? We really wanted to look at Toronto (or anywhere really where we can find a job). We've heard that BC is crazy expensive and not a good option. Happy to focus just on BC but it would have been great if we could have had a bigger net to throw open.... Would be grateful for your advice/opinion/share of your personal experience!
  9. Cat and Don

    SINP - Missing Travel History

    Hi all. I have a question for anyone who has been in a similar situation... On my husband's application for SINP Express entry category, under the section of the federal form 'Supplementary information - your travels', I forgot to add that I travelled to Greece for holiday. It is shown in my passport but being the spouse I didn't need to upload my passport onto the application since I'm not the main applicant which is why they havent said anything about it, so for instance we could get our nomination any day now without any acknowledgement of this on Sask government side... Do I tell the government of saskatchewan of my mistake or just provide proof of my travels and tell IRCC once/if we get an invitation to apply for PR? I am a big worrier 🤤 Thanks everyone!
  10. So...whilst reading through the WWW, I've stumbled across another way to get into Canada (perhaps). This is nothing new. It's been around awhile actually. But have any of you guys heard of Morden? Host, Ingrid, actually posted about it a while back in 2014 (http://www.sacanada.org/topic/18677-immigration-initiative-from-morden-manitoba/?tab=comments#comment-137093) Morden is a city in the south of Manitoba. They continue to accept immigration applications and are targeting applicants outside of Canada. The requirements for the application are (somewhat) similar to EE. They only have a small number of applications that they can take so they focus more on applications that fall under one of these professions: If you are in one of these occupations, then this might be your chance. Application to Morden seems to be paper-based. You apply and get invited for an exploratory visit (mandatory and at your cost). You visit and pass an MPNP interview. If you pass the interview, you can apply via Manitoba PNP (MPNP) with Morden support. For more info - https://www.mordenimmigration.com/skilled-worker-faq
  11. Hi all, I have PNP but I applied for it on my current employer, I am not bound to them as I have an open work permit. Applied for PR in November 2016 which is currently in the process. What happens if I get another job at a different company and also if it was to be a different title, like going from admin assistant to Executive Assistant. Would this make my PNP invalid? Or worse, affect my PR application? Thanks in advance.
  12. Petronel

    How to get a PNP

    I suppose this has been asked many times but I can't find what I'm looking for with the search function. I know that the Nova Scotia PNP is currently closed. I also know that when it does open it only remains so for a view hours before their capacity is full. My occupation is on their shortage list so I think I have a good chance of getting a nomination. My question is: How will I know when they re-open? Do they tell you in advance on the website? A second question: How do I fill in my EE profile so Ontario will notice me or select me for a nomination? Is there anything I can do to enhance my chances? We are still waiting for WES and are only writing the IELTS next month so not in the EE pool yet
  13. The SINP : International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry program is open to applicants at this time. My husband's NOC is on the skills demand list - 2175 but they are asking for adidtional proof of licenses or something. I need help to find out how to get it: 2175 Web designers and developer Provide documentation from the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS) showing your: Candidate Membership as an Associate Information Technology Professional (AITP); or, Certified Membership as an Information Systems Professional (I.S.P); or, Certified Membership as an Information Technology Certified Professional of Canada (ITCP).
  14. JonnyBlaze

    Short CRS Points

    Dear All, My wife and I finally decided on a mutually agreeable country and city to move to. (After a lot of deliberation & then even more!) We are aiming for Calgary AB. We were hoping on applying for PR and then doing a LSD trip to both activate our 5 year PR Visa and to make sure the choice of city/country was the right one before closing up shop in JHB permanently. Our first port of call was to visit an immigration consultant who ran us through the CRS questionnaire (Main applicant - Wife) and unfortunately we came up a little short, anywhere between the 400-416 mark dependent on our IELTS results. Does anyone have any advice on what we could do to bring our points up quickly & easily? So far, learning French and applying for the PNP seem to be the only two immediate options... On that note, can anyone point me in the direction of the province specific occupational list for PNP (Alberta specifically) & does anyone know to what level ones French fluency needs to reach to attain the extra 30 CRS points available? Going to study further (Honours +32 points) is an option but doing so could result in a potential 5-10 points being subtracted for age so not a guarantee that it would bring the points up to necessary levels either. Thanks to all for any input! Much appreciated!
  15. While OINP remains closed at the moment because they have already capped out for their 2016 allotment, the good news is that they will soon get their 2017 allocation (no mention of when yet). The best news is that OINP is finally coming out of the dark ages..... and going online Watch this space, all you guys waiting to go through this route!
  16. MaryJane

    Provincial Nominee Programs 2016

    Things to note for if you are thinking of any PNP applications for 2016: Alberta - AINP streams seem to require job offers for applications. British Columbia - Skills Immigration and EE BC streams - have own provincial ITA draw system - currently mostly accepting applicants who are in the health care industry - $550 application fee. Manitoba - streams remain open - have own provincial EOI and ITA draw system - no need for a job offer but require applicant to have strong ties in Manitoba. New Brunswick - streams remain open - no job offer required but applicants require to either have connection in NB or attended an NBPNP info session - $250 application fee. Newfoundland and Labrador - streams remain open - applicants need job offers or a Canadian graduate - $250 application fee. Northwest Territories - offices currently closed for the holidays but streams seem to remain open - applicants require job offers from prospective employer. Nova Scotia - NS Demand Express Entry - does not require job offer to apply but need to be in one of NS target occupations. Ontario - cap has been reached, no longer issuing EOI at the moment - do not require a job offer but need to be invited and applicants do need to have CRS score of 400 and above at all times during the application process. Other streams remain open - $1500 application fee. PEI - unclear whether quota reached - no job offer required. Saskatchewan - SINP InDemand and SINP EE are currently closed - no job offer required but there is a list of eligible professions. Yukon - unclear whether quota reached - job offer required for application. Quebec - Regular Skilled Workers Program - no job offer required - $779 principal applicant, $167 for spouse and each dependent. This is just a summarized version of all PNPs. It's not complete since there's not even a discussion about points, education, experience and all fee requirements. If you are interested in any particular PNP stream, do make sure to triple check the requirements to see if you meet them all. Be ready for 2016, guys! Please add to this if there are misleading information. Contact the provinces - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/provincial/apply-who.asp Quebec - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/Quebec/index.asp
  17. For the life of me, I cannot update my Express Entry profile to reflect that I have PNP, can someone please help me. I submitted my profile but want to know how to update it or do i have to redo the whole thing? Thanks, Ange
  18. MaryJane

    Manitoba PNP

    Hi guys Just thought I'd start a new thread since we don't seem to have one for Manitoba. Who knows? Somebody out there might be interested. We don't watch this PNP route too closely at the moment but out of interest, Manitoba had their 2nd draw for their PNP EOI last June 5. The results are that they've issued 126 + 202 advices to apply so that makes another 328 EE applicants likely to be receiving PNP soon. Their 1st draw happened mid-May with 151 invitees. http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/mpnp-for-skilled-workers/expression-of-interest/
  19. Mossie

    BC PNP

    My sister in law has a job offer in BC and the employer says she should go the BCPNP route. Can anyone tell me how long this proses takes from start to finish and what docs they should get ready? Also can one use that job offer fir EE?
  20. Hi everyone, Firstly, let me give some details regarding my application for context purposes. I submitted my EE profile for my wife and I on 31 October 2015 and was given a CRS score of 407. Exactly a week later (6 November 2015) and to my delight, I received a letter of interest for PNP from OINP. After a rather stressful time gathering all the required documentation, I eventually sent my pack out on 15 December 2015 which I was informed by DHL was signed for on 18 December 2015 - a total of 43 days from when I received the LOI (cutting it fine, I know ). Still haven't had any response from OINP but I'm not going to worry until the 90 day response period lapses. So there's a bit of general background about where we are in the process. Now onto my questions. Obviously, in now way do I want to misrepresent myself to the CIC or any other governmental organisation of any sort. The reason I say this is because on 01 February 2016 I logged into my profile just out of a matter of interest and noticed that my CRS score had changed from 407 to 432. Surprised by this, I wanted to find out where the extra 25 points had come from. It turns out that they came from my work history i.e. CIC had now recognized that I had 3 years+ experience. Allow me to explain my employment history to highlight what the issue is. I graduated with a BSc Engineering (Civil) in December 2013 and I have been working full time in the civil engineering field (NOC 2131) from March 2014 (pretty much 2 years). However, prior to my studies I was employed in 2 other full time jobs for a year each - 1 year in the sales industry in 2007 (NOC 6623), and 1 year in the civil engineering field in 2008 predominantly doing draughting work (NOC 2253). I had no qualifications whatsoever for either of these jobs and chose the NOC codes that were most closely related to the work I performed. From my understanding, CIC hasn't given taken into account my work in sale which makes sense as it is not in line with my intended work as a civil engineer. However, now it seems apparent that CIC is crediting me for the year for the draughting I did even though I wasn't qualified at the time. It should be noted that I have explicitly state that I graduated in December 2013 in my profile. So I guess my question is to find out if CIC recognizes unqualified work done prior to ones attainment of a qualification, so as long as it is in the same field that one is currently working in and intending to work in in Canada? Should I contact CIC to revert my score back to 407 as I only have 2 full years of post qualification work? I want to clear this up as soon as possible to avoid any confusion as we may get an AOR any day. The next question I have in regard to education. In my EE profile, I have specified that I have a Bachelors Degree (which was confirmed in my WES report). However, I am also currently pursuing an MSc in Structural Engineering (a sub-discipline of civil engineering). I was acknowledged by WES for my work up to the date of submission with equivalency of "One semester of graduate study". I was scanning through the Educational Credential Assessment - How to read your report (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/eca-conversion.asp) and noticed that "Study Toward a Master's Degree" was under the "Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees". Do you think that I can change my profile to reflect "Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees" instead of a Bachelors degree, or should I just wait until my MSc is complete and submit again to WES? Thanks in advance to everyone who contributes
  21. September 16, 2015 http://www.canadavisa.com/news/entry/nova-scotia-given-increased-allocation-for-express-entry-canadian-immigration-streams-16-09-15.html The province of Nova Scotia today announced that it has been granted 300 additional spaces for its Express Entry streams, known as Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry. Both streams are aligned with the government of Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system, which manages the selection of new skilled immigrants to Canada. The move will allow Nova Scotia to nominate 1,350 immigrants under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) in 2015. "We pushed the federal government hard for this increase and they responded after they saw our proactive approach," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "This decision will allow Nova Scotia to nominate 1,350 immigrants under the Provincial Nominee Program, nearly double our 2014 cap of 700." Today’s news represents the first time that a province has had its enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allocation increased in the middle of the year.
  22. Qrios1

    PNP Route under EE

    Maybe it's time for an EE PNP discussion. I think it's worth discussion as 600 points are added to your score and obviously many people are trying to go via that route. I have a couple of questions in this regard so please feel free to add your valuable contribution There are a few open ones: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, New Brrunswick (CAD$ 250 fee applicable) there might be others? Specifically not requiring a job Can one apply to more than 1 at the same time? Or will there be any repercussions Where you are closely connected to a province through friends and family how will they vouch your relationship of friends? Status of other PNP programs once they go live like BC and ON Thanks